Monthly Archives: January 2015

New Forest: searching for ponies and finding litter

One of the great benefits of being a commoner is getting to explore the heathland and woods in search of my ponies. No matter what time of year the New Forest is a place of breath taking scenic beauty. The … Continue reading

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New Forest: gorse cutting provides a pony’s ‘ready meal’

I recently received a call from a commoning friend of mine who told me that the Forestry Commission was cutting the gorse bushes at Godshill. I was urged to go and have a look at a curious sight. Sure enough … Continue reading

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New Forest: the perils of ponies living wild

My ponies have gone back out on the Open Forest (January 2015). For a while now they have been indicating┬áthat they have had enough of being kept on the holding. They have seemed restless and impatient to be back out … Continue reading

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New Forest: when gorse is out of bloom, kissing is out of season

The recent holiday period (January 2015) has given me plenty of opportunity to visit the Forest and walk through the woods and across the heathland. The working week gives me little chance to explore the places my ponies haunt, as … Continue reading

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